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2005 GMC Sierra 1500

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

The 4WD transfer case encoder motor position sensor or the selector switch may fail causing the service 4WD message to be displayed. Fault code(s) stored in the transfer case control module will be of assistance in determining the exact fault causing the message to be displayed.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The steering may develop a clunk type noise from the upper intermediate steering shaft.  Our technicians tell us that you should check with you local GM dealer to find out what the latest repair is for this condition.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

It is common for the fuel level sensor in the fuel tank read the fuel level incorrectly. The sensor must be replaced to correct the condition. Our technicians recommend having the complete fuel pump module replaced on high mileage vehicles.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The daytime running lights are prone to burning out. Our technicians tell us that the light sockets may show signs of heat damage but usually are OK. Always be sure to use the correct replacement bulb for the best life expectancy. The new bulb recommendation for 1999-2003 models is #4114K (trade number).

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

One or both secondary air injection check valves may become restricted causing poor air flow resulting in illumination of the Check Engine Light. It is often recommend to replace both check valves even if a fault code is set for only one bank of cylinders. Replacing only one valve may result in a return trip to the repair shop.

2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 6, 2006


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Body, Interior & Misc., July 21, 2005

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The second row center seat belt routing may make it difficult to position correctly on smaller passengers. If the seat belt rides up to fit around the abdomen, the risk of internal injury is increased in a crash. Dealers will cut the guide loop, remove a portion of the loop, and the remaining sides should be folded over and secured with a retainer. The recall began July 21, 2005. The GM recall number is 05037.

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Drive Train, February 22, 2005

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Under certain conditions, the shift lever position indicator located in the instrument cluster may not illuminate. If the indicator does not illuminate, the driver may not know which gear the vehicle is in. This could result in the vehicle moving in an unintended direction, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will reprogram the instrument panel cluster to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin on February 14, 2005. The General Motors recall number is 05023.


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Engine, August 31, 2006

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The retainer clip for the fuel rail pulse damper may fracture and allow the damper to come loose from the fuel rail. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Dealers will replace the engine fuel rail pulse damper free of charge. The recall began August 31, 2006. The GM recall number is 06080.

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Suspension & Steering, October 14, 2005

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Some vehicles have a power steering hose that was not made to specification and may rupture under extreme steering conditions. If this were to happen, power steering assist would be lost and steering effort would increase. On vehicles equipped with hydro-boost brakes, braking effort would also increase. If power steering fluid were to spray on hot engine parts, an engine compartment fire could also occur. Dealers will inspect the power steering hose(s) for the two suspect date codes and replace them if needed. The recall began October 14, 2005. The GM recall number is 05086.

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Questions and Answers

dodge98mpt, 2005 GMC Sierra 1500, V8, West Bridgewater, MA

uses some oil but do not smokes

pgjcmartin, 2005 GMC Sierra 1500, 5.3L V8, Virginia Beach, VA

When I start out from a stop, there is a "clunk" in the drive train. I don't know if it is in the rear-end, the 4WD transfer case or something else. When a friend rode with me the ...

Visitor, 2005 GMC Sierra 1500, Martinsburg, WV

at speeds of 30 to 50 it seems the whole truck vibrates but not all the time. I don't feel it in the steering. Then from 50 to 70 on the highway the ride is rougher that usual for the truck. ...

Visitor, 2005 GMC Sierra 1500, 5.3L V8, Conroe, TX

I constantly have to add coolant to my truck and have an obvios leak. The whole bottom of the engine is wet so it is hard to determine where it is coming from. Other than the water pump where is th...

Visitor, 2005 GMC Sierra 1500, Franklin, NH

I need to replace a vent seloniod sensor. What does this part look like and where it is located.

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2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Reviews

I have owned my 2005 for 6 years and have put 134,000 miles on it, it now has 154,000. It has been very reliable. The biggest problems have been headlight bulb replacements, dashboard gauges failing and the damper controls for the driver side is blowing heat all the time.
But overall, it has not left me stranded. 3 sets of tires, 3 set of front brakes. My plan is to drive to at least 200,000 miles.

my first and last GMC- just got my truck back from repair shop had to replace all brake lines, also front rotors and pads replaced for the fourth time. only 86,000 miles, this truck sucks compared to dodge and ford. other problems include wheel bearings, power steering, heater blower and rust. My last three trucks were dodge and each one of them went 160,000 before any real problems also a ford 250 went 250,000 miles and was running good. NEVER again GMC.

Current odometer: 193056.

I Bought this truck with 04 miles on it new in 2005 and it has been the best vehicle, hands down, I have ever owned. Other than normal maintenance [brakes/oil change] I spent $700 to have a upper intake-manifold gasket replaced at 123,000 miles. That's it.

I think part of the success is that it is a basic, 2WD, 4.3L V6, manual transmission, work-truck base model. I LOVE the fact it has crank windows and NO TPMS or any of that other crap that is breakdown-prone.

When I take it for oil changes the guy always remarks at how good it looks for it's mileage and age. My personal goal is to get 300K out of the thing and it looks like it will happen.

If it crapped out today I would have way more than gotten my money's worth and, on the sad day that happens, I'm going out and buying another one EXACTLY like this one [only current year, of course].

with 93k now i just did a major tune up and fluid flush and exchange. The problems ive had are as follows; the water pump leaks , replaced for 600$. the speedo doesnt work.some of the heater lever lights and radio button lights on the dashboard dont work. the finish has worn off some control panel buttons.the front end tie rod ends and pullman rod are loose. the transmission lines leak. there is a leak in the real axle seal. I think thats it. It would cost about another 2k to fix the things i havent yet. There is a clunk in the steering when i turn or go over bumps. Otherwise, it runs fine and hasnt really had any other problems. I like the comfort of the seats and the roominess of the crewcab and back end. Tows great. Hope to put another 100k on her.

This has been the worst purchase I've made..After 30k miles the A/C, Water pump, and transmission went out one after the other. After having all of these replaced out of pocked, 6 months later I am now having more problems. Left me stranded on the side of the road. I think the fuel pump is gone. Will never, ever buy a GMC again.

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